(Deputy President William Ruto at Lee Funeral home)
Deputy President William Ruto who could not gain access to see Former President Daniel Arap Moi in his sunset years has surprised mourners by his praises on Moi for retiring from active politics when his term in office expired.
“Against the expectations of many, Mzee Moi led the reforms that enabled Kenya to enjoy vigorous de facto and de jure multiparty democracy as well as civil and political freedom. He submitted himself to presidential term limits, graciously entering a dignified retirement. God has been kind to him as he enjoyed many peaceful years outside the presidency of Kenya.”
Earlier on, Kenyans had questioned his whereabouts as it was unlike him not to be spotted immediately such news are broken.
Soyrces say, he was not happy with the directive of President Kenyatta who after his proclamation of former President Moi’s death, appointed Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Head of Civil Service Kinyua and the Chief of Defence Gen Mwathethe to take charge of the ad hoc funeral committee.
The committee is chaired by Dr Matiangi who together with service commanders and a section of the cabinet.
“@FredMatiangi has chaired a meeting with CS Defense Monica Juma, CDF Samson Mwathethe, the IG @IG_NPS, PS Karanja Kibicho, service commanders and heads of security agencies following the demise of the former President.” A statement from the Interior Ministry’s twitter reads.
The as hoc committe took charge of the Lee Funeral Home.
“A State Funeral committee chaired by the Head of Public Service as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta will issue a comprehensive statement in the course of the day.” A resolution statement reads.
Ruto first read a statement at his Harambee House Annexe office before finding his way to Lee Funeral home hours later.
Ideally Ruto would have been the one issuing direction at the absence of President Kenyatta as is the case today but this is not happening.
Another committe made up of Rift Valley politicians are meeting at Moi’s Kabarbet Garden home where incidentally just like Kabarak, Ruto is a persona-non-grata.
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